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Catholic Charismatic Renewal?

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal began nearly 50 years ago. To read the story of the beginnings, click here. Since then, over a hundred million Catholics worldwide would highlight a renewed experience of their faith in the context of the CCR.

At its core, the experience of all of these people would be that they recognized their own inability to lead a full and fired-up Christian life by their own efforts and invited the Holy Spirit to do it on their behalf. At that moment (in technical language), CCR would say they experienced the ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’.

This ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’ is not a one-off moment. Like leaking buckets, we constantly need to be refilled and remain open to the water of the Spirit. This disposition can be described as living ‘Life in the Spirit’.

This new ‘Life in the Spirit’ should be characterized by a stronger commitment to service and mission. One of the unique dimensions of the CCR is the openness and desire to share the ‘gifts of the Spirit’, which are described in the New Testament Letters, and which include (but are not only) the ‘charismatic gifts’.

This article by Charles Whitehead describes the place of CCR in the Church and its impact.

Describing God’s activity is a hard thing to do. The grace of God through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) has impacted the lives of millions of people throughout the world over the past 50 years, and every individual would express that experience in her or his own unique way. A personal experience of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, who brings alive in new ways the graces of our baptism. The Holy Spirit not only sets on fire all that we have already received, but comes again in power to equip us with his gifts for service and mission. Unpacking this description, we can see that CCR is:

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01. A Personal Experience

A personal experience: CCR is something that transforms the relationship between an individual and God.

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02. Presence of the Holy Spirit

About the presence and power of the Holy Spirit: although it’s deeply personal, CCR isn’t focused on us – it’s an action of God the Holy Spirit


03. Revieving our Baptism Graces

About the presence and power of the Holy Spirit: although it’s deeply personal, CCR isn’t focused on us – it’s an action of God the Holy Spirit

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04. Spirits Renewing Grace

A new opportunity for the Spirit to come again: when we open ourselves to the action of the Holy Spirit, we also invite him to pour new graces into our lives.

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05. Transformed Living

Not something to be kept for ourselves, but for service and mission: this renewing experience of the Holy Spirit should change the way we live our lives.

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History of Catholic

Charismatic Renewal

click here to know more about the Duquesne Weekend and the birth of CCR - the Catholic Charismatic Renewal



Charis Services

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Pope Francis

Welcomes CHARIS

Pope Francis welcomed CHARIS, the new one service for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal , at Pentecost 2019 in Rome.

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Service of Communion England & Wales

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of Communion

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